21 November, 2017

#Interview with Rita Chapman, #Author of Destiny

About the Author:
Rita Chapman was born in Essex, lived in London, and now resides in Devon. “My mother was Irish and made up the most incredible adventure stories when I was young. I tried to do the same with my own children. This story has always been with me. It’s another world that I have created and love.” This is her second book. The first book in the series, Liberty, was written seven years ago.

An Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I think deep down I always wanted to be a writer, I always had a fertile imagination – I used to write poems when I was little. My mother never read to us she always made up stories and it is something I practiced with my own children and now my grandchildren.

What inspires you to write?
I know that some of this probably sounds cliché - There are so many things that inspire me, my family, the place I live, sunrises and sunsets night walks with my dog just life in general.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
The idea for the story has been with me for a while and it is based on the stories I used to tell my children when they were young so it has been with me waiting to be written for a long time

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
There may have been, I did write short stories when I was younger, there are certainly other stories that I used to tell my children tucked away in my head.

Tell us about your writing process.
I tend get as much of any other work done whether it is my day job in an office or running errands for my children or grandchildren, then when I have a moment I make myself a lemon tea and put on some music – I really Plumb at the moment - and I try to write at least a rough draft of a chapter a day. Once I have done that and the whole book has been mapped out I start at the beginning and add to it while proof reading it at the same time, this is probably my favourite time of the process because quite often I have forgotten some of the things that I have written about in the earlier chapters. 

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
To be honest this is a very difficult question I really do not have a favourite scene in my book, each chapter/scene has its own merits for me.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
To be fair a lot of people that have known me for most of my life liken me to the main character Liberty, she is very endearing, she likes hugs :)

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I don't really have any quirks except I verbalize my book as I am writing; it helps to have music playing in the background.

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I have always read from a very small child– my mother had an Masters degree in English from Dublin University.
When I was very young I read Enid Blyton, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl.
As a teenager I read books by authors such as James Clavell, Leon Uris, Tom Clancy, Wilbur Smith and David Eddings.
As I have gotten a little older I have read all of Stephen King, James Connolly, James Patterson,
Looking at the list I think that I have been influenced by all of them is some way whether it is style or descriptive abilities.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Just to let go and do it; to trust myself and believe in what I am doing. To keep going if just one person gets enjoyment from reading one of my books then it is worth doing.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
To be honest this is another difficult question – I would certainly encourage them as I have to believe in themselves and what they are doing – but I feel I have also been lucky with the encouragement and help given to me by me publishers.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
My ipod classic, a pen and some paper

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
When I have some free time; if it is not spent catching up with some friends, it is putting on my headphones listening to music and going for long walks my dog, sometimes I can create a whole chapter of my book while I am walking.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I would love to the wilds of Canada or yellow stone park and listen to wolves – since I have been a very small child they have been my favourite animal.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
1) I have a lot of shoes – I am slightly obsessed.
2) Although I was born on Halloween I am not really a witch 🙂
3) I love glitter painting with my granddaughter 

What do you have in store next for your readers?
The next installment in story it has a long way to go!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
My best friends are my family they make my world.

About the Book:
Centuries in the future, vampires rule Earth, though they are not as powerful as they used to be.

Liberty has grown and developed into a strong human. She is committed to being the Life Partner of the emperor’s adoptive son, David, and is now a princess in her own right.

She and her friends are still looking for the last of the Sky Dwellers, someone who is needed to help Liberty fulfil the destiny scripted for her before her birth.

The princess faces many trials, and is even given the option that the path she follows might not be the only one, as there may be a rival script. This other option is presented to her by a being who dwells in the lower levels of the castle, someone she is drawn to and is the complete opposite of her Life Partner.

In part two of this saga, Liberty must develop her own powerful inner strength and be wise enough to start making her own decisions.

DESTINY: PART 2 OF THE LIBERTY SAGA (ISBN: 978-1-946539-23-6) is now available for $20.95 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
http://sbprabooks.com/RitaChapman or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

WHOLESALERS: This book is distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email: bookorder@sbpra.net

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